ALLOWING TIME FOR ERRORS

While living out a normal day, I, like countless other entrepreneurs, tend to pack my schedule so tight I can hardly fit a breath in. That’s what many people believe is necessary to succeed, and it gives folks a feeling of accomplishment. Checking all 89 things off your To-Do-Before-Noon list feels great and all, but perhaps it’s not as efficient as, say, allowing yourself a 15 minute coffee break once in awhile. (more…)

HIGHER ED IS NO LONGER JUST A LECTURE HALL

Whoever started the trend that “going to get your education” was synonymous with going to school, should be kicked in the ass.

This sentence resonates with me for two reasons. First, it’s funny. Second, it’s spot on. It’s from a piece on Under30CEO.com titled Finding the Education of an Entrepreneur. Before I go any further I’d like to note that I myself attended college and even graduate school, along with many of my fellow entrepreneur friends. So, this is no bash on higher education; it’s simply a statement that reflects the reality of a world that has changed a whole hell of a lot since I sat in a classroom. And that statement is that now, in the 21st century, getting your education is a whole lot more than sitting in a sterile lecture hall with 79 other sleepy students while your professor drones on about the education they’re trying to give you.  Simply put, education just can’t be that passive in a world that not only has changed dramatically … it is changing constantly. (more…)

NAKED CIVICS TERMINOLOGY

When it comes to new concepts like civic design, where we align interests for common good outcomes rather than meet adversarially in capitols alone, it’s helpful to use and understand a certain set of terminology. New ways of thinking require new ways of describing those thoughts, right? (more…)

FROM STRATEGIC INEFFICIENCY TO BREAKTHROUGH RELATIONSHIPS: WHY I THINK WE DON’T ALWAYS NEED TO BE SO LINEAR

Institutions celebrate efficiency around transactions, such as selling a product or a service. Making a deal effectively, that is, in a timely manner and with the greatest financial gain, is the outcome of acting efficiently; making all the right moves at the right times, having all the right answers to clients’ questions. (more…)